The Department of Informatics and Computer Science offers degrees in business informatics, health informatics, and computer science. An MS in Health Informatics has recently been approved by the State Board of Education and an MS in Data Analytics is under development.

Visit our Informatics Overview page or download our pdf brochure for more on the advantages offered by a major in informatics as well as details about recent changes in our majors.

Informatics is an appropriate name for our degrees because our curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges. There is a huge variety of opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.

Informatics is a rewarding and challenging field that allows for lifelong learning. Job opportunities are plentiful, and salaries are relatively high. The demand for informatics graduates is increasing faster than the general demand for most other fields of study. Job seekers with an informatics degree and strong communication and administrative skills are in increasing demand.

The ISU College of Business was the first college of business in Idaho to receive accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 1978. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and means that ISU is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that ensure quality.

Dr. Parker

I am Chair and Professor of the Department of Informatics and Computer Science at Idaho State University. I have been a faculty member in the College of Business since 1999. I've taught CIS/Informatics classes for the College of Business, computer science classes for the College of Science and Engineering, and a course for GIS in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining academia, I developed software systems for Conoco, Inc., among the top Fortune 500 companies.

I was selected the 2011 Faculty Member of the Year by the Associated Students of Idaho State University, and was recognized as an Outstanding Master Teacher by Idaho State University in both 2011 and 2012. I also received the ISU College of Business 2002-2003 Outstanding Teacher Award.

I received the ISU College of Business 2005-2006 Outstanding Research Award, and in 2007 was awarded a Curtin University Research Fellowship in Perth, Australia.

Fall 2015 Schedule

Office Hours [BA 534]:

  • Monday        10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                          1:30 PM -   2:15 PM
  • Wednesday   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                           1:30 PM -   2:15 PM

Virtual Office Hours (email Q&A):

  • Monday         7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday   7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Thursday       7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • most other non-class times

Course Schedule:


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Because a good letter of recommendation is very time consuming, I can provide recommendation letters for only a select number of students.

A letter of recommendation is not a right, but rather something that a student may earn through academic performance and demonstration of excellent work ethic and good character. Simply requesting a letter of recommendation does not mean that the student will receive one. Here are some requirements before I will write a letter:

  • Do I know your name?
  • Have you ever spoken to me outside of class?
  • Did you receive a grade of 'B' or higher in my courses?
  • Have you taken more than one course with me?

If you answer "no" to any of the above questions, chances are that I will turn down your request. You want a letter from a professor who can write a letter that includes specifics about your personal characteristics or accomplishments rather than vague generalities.

Since I get so many requests for letters I ask each student to write a draft letter that I can then edit. That insures that I cover the information that the student wants covered, and also means a little less time and work for me! So in order for me to provide you with a letter of recommendation, you must meet the requirements above and you must provide me with a draft letter that I can use as a basis. Use this link as a guideline.

Be sure to follow up. The absent minded professor is more than just a cliché. I'm very busy and may forget to write your letter. Don't hesitate to check in periodically to see if the recommendation has been sent. But don't be a nag.

Once I've provided a letter please keep the following in mind:

  • Say thank you! Write a thank-you email note.
  • Keep me posted! Let me know if you get the job, the internship, or admission to graduate school.

Oh, and don't forget that many professors are on nine month contracts. We don't get paid during the summer months, so our "free" time really is FREE! You should be especially grateful for letters of recommendation that are written for you over the summer months, and don't expect immediate turnaround times.


Informatics and Computer Science

Idaho State University

921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8020

Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8020

office: Business Administration 534

voice: 208.282.4783

fax: 208.282.4367